Black History Month

Many of the twelve months of the year are designated to serve as observances for the diverse heritages and cultures prevalent in the United States of America. There is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in June, and this month, specifically, is African American History Month, also known as Black History Month.

It is celebrated not only all across the U.S but at Defiance College as well. To acknowledge black history month, a showing of the movie “Harriet” was played in Schomburg Auditorium at DC for students on campus. Next Thursday, February 26, Just Mercy will be played in the auditorium as well.  

According to their website, CNN stresses the importance of the month of February by stating that Black History Month is a “nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history.” 

Colleen, a freshman stated, “I think that recognizing black history month here on campus is super important considering our diverse student body.”

However, what most are unaware of is the reasoning behind why Black History Month occurs in February. This national celebration was strategically placed during this month, as it is the birth month of two of U.S history’s most renowned abolitionist figures—Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.   

The idea for a black history holiday was first put forth by a man named Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Due to the accomplishments of Carter G. Woodson, light has rightfully been shed on the progressive work of African Americans.  From being the child of two slaves to later earning a doctorate from Harvard, he “took on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history.”

Woodson is referred to as “The Father of Black History.”  It later became a month-long observance in 1976 and has been celebrated annually since.  

Because of the devotion of Carter G. Woodson and hundreds of others like him, Black History Month serves as one of the many observances of African American history and culture. It is celebrated throughout America, especially among the student body at Defiance College.  

Written by: Trisha Baldwin

Movies to Celebrate Black History Month

If there are a few things we expect of February, it’s that it’s the shortest month with varied days of 28 or 29, Valentine’s day is celebrated, and that it’s time for the country to honor Black History Month.

The Office of Intercultural Relations here at Defiance College holds many events that celebrate Black History Month. The office is offering two movies showcasing African American’s who fight for what is right and just with the film Harriet and Just Mercy.

Katelyn Hartzell, a student at Defiance College, said, “I think these events are awesome.  Everyone can learn about different cultures and appreciate everything and everyone.”

One event that is being put on this month is two movie nights.  On Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 pm, Harriet was played at Schomburg Auditorium.  An anonymous student from Defiance College who was at the showing of Harriet last Thursday said, “It was such a good movie.  Everyone should see it.”

Harriet is a movie about the life and events of Harriet Tubman.  The film has been nominated for 34 different awards, including 2 Oscars and has won 18. It is available for rent on most streaming services.

If you did not make it out to that movie night, there is another chance to view a  movie on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 pm in Schomburg Auditorium.  This time Just Mercy will be playing. This particular movie is being “co-sponsored…with the Library and Student Academic Support Services.”

It is currently still in theaters and follows the life of a lawyer, played by Micheal B. Jordan. He uses his law degree in fighting to correct the cases of black citizens who have been unjustly convicted of crimes and sentenced to jail.

Both movies premiered in theaters in 2019.

There have been emails sent out to all students and staff about this event, but for even more information, check out this website:

http://www.defiance.edu/student-life/info/intercultural-relations.html

Here is the trailer for Harriet https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4648786/

Here is the trailer for Just Mercyhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt4916630/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Written by: Amber Baldwin

The Hills Are Alive with The Fort Defiance Players

This spring, Fort Defiance Players, a local community theatre, will be putting on The Sound of Music.  Performance dates are April 23-26 and will be taking place at the Defiance Community Auditorium located downtown at 629 Arabella St. Times on viewing the musical will be available at a  later date.

When asked if she would go and see this musical, Lynne Stuckey, a student at Defiance College, said, “yes, it’s a fun musical.”

Another student at DC responded, “I will definitely be watching this musical. We performed it in high school and would love to see it again.”

If acting is more your style, anyone that would like to audition can sign up for tryouts on February 16 and 17. According to the Fort Defiance Facebook page, to audition, come with a short musical piece to perform that shows off your music ability.  A piano accompanist will be there if needed.  There will also be a reading selection that will be handed out at the audition.

Since there are roles for both children and adults, there are multiple days for tryouts.  The child actors will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on the 16, followed by some adult auditions beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. There will also be additional spots to audition for adults on February 17 between 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

All auditions will take place at the Defiance Community Auditorium.

On being asked why college students should audition and be a part of the arts, a member of the Fort Defiance Players said, “it gives students a chance to perform and use their talents outside of college.  They meet new people and experience being part of a community activity.”

For more information, check their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/fortdefianceplayers/or on their  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fortdefianceplayers/

Randy Schroeder is the Fort Defiance Players director for The Sound of Music.

Written by Amber Baldwin

DC Men’s Basketball: Mid-Season Drop-In

As the regular season continues to wind down, opportunities to watch the Yellow Jackets play also decrease. The Yellow Jackets will play in five more regular-season games, two of which will take place in the Carl. H. Weaner Center. The Jackets will face Earlham College (Earlharm, IN) on Wednesday, February 12th. Tip-off begins at 7:30 pm. The Jackets will also face Rose Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday, February 15th. Tip-off for this contest begins at 3:00 pm.

The Defiance College Men’s Basketball team has been off to a rather quick and action-packed Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season. The Yellow Jackets are currently ranked eighth in the HCAC Men’s basketball standings with a conference record of 5-8 and an overall record of 10-10.

Leading the way in the HCAC standings is Hanover College (Hanover, IN), with a conference record of 9-4 and an overall record of 15-5. Yellow Jacket rival, Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH), is ranked fifth in HCAC standings with a conference record of 7-6 and an overall record of 11-9.

So far, during the season, the Yellow Jackets have racked up big wins over Concordia University (Ann Arbor, MI) with a final score of 79-78. The game-winning shot comes from sophomore, Tyler Andrew. Andrew hit a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left. The shot lifted the Yellow Jackets to the team’s first win of the season and an exhibition win.

Following the exciting road win, the Yellow Jackets traveled to Ball State University (Muncie, IN) to face off against the Cardinals in another exhibition match-up. This match-up was the season opener for the Cardinals. The Cardinals took their first victory over the Yellow Jackets with a final score of 87-43. The Yellow Jackets bounced back quickly by winning their next five non-conference games. The five-game win streak consisted of wins against Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA), Spalding University (Louisville, KY), Great Lakes Chrisitan College (Lansing, MI), University of Akron-Wayne College (Orrville, OH), and Kent State Tuscarawas (New Philadelphia, OH).

The Yellow Jackets started conference play with a big win over Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN). Junior, Miciach Cox leads the Jackets with a total of 19 points, followed by two 17-point performances from Sophomore, Sean Tyson, and Tyler Andrew. The Yellow Jackets have since increased their HCAC Record with wins over Hanover College (Hanover, IN), Manchester University (Manchester, IN), Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, OH), and an exciting triple-overtime win against Earlham College (Richmond, IN).

Don’t miss out on your chance to catch the Yellow Jackets live in action before the regular season ends!

 

Written by: Hailey Krawczyk

Mindfulness and Meditation

You may have seen the emails every week from Fred Coulter, about an event called “Mindfulness and Meditation”. 

Dr. Coulter was recently appointed the Schauffler Chair of Christian Education, and started the Mindfulness and Meditation program in order to “Offer something to enhance faith on the DC Campus.”. 

The actual meditation of the activity is an unguided process. The sole tool used to structure it is a ‘mindfulness app’ that Dr. Coulter uses to keep track of time. “We wanted to let people do their own type of meditation, but also needed some form of structure. The app is set for ten minutes, with a bell ringing to start. It rings in three-minute intervals, and then three times at the end of the ten minutes.” 

In the emails sent out by Dr. Coulter, it reads that mindfulness is “the process of being aware of our thoughts, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment.” In part along with this, meditation is described as “the practice of letting go of ourselves and letting in the power greater than ourselves, who some call God”.  

Despite being the Chair of Christian Education, Dr. Coulter emphasizes that the activity is open to all that are willing to join. “The meetings are small, with a turnout that sort of rotates, people come when they have time in a very drop-in manner week by week.” 

The Mindfulness and Meditation activity is structured in a certain order, Gathering Thoughts and Centering Through Mindfulness, Introductions, Preparation for Meditation, and Meditation and Listening. According to the email, “I recommend that you do not worry about how well you’re doing it nor get caught up in the technique.” 

Mindfulness and Meditation meet weekly on Tuesdays in the Cultural Arts Center on Serrick Hall’s second floor at 12:05 pm, and Dr. Coulter emails weekly on Mondays at about 9 am as reminders and to let anyone know if certain plans change. 

Written by: Camrin Santchi 

Squirrel-ly

Black squirrels are very rare, but at Defiance College there are many of them.  

“For many people, seeing a squirrel or two is part of our daily routine,” said the DNR, Department of Natural Resources.

You might think that black squirrels are their own species, but they are actually just another type of eastern fox squirrel. “Black squirrels have melanism or excessive pigmentation in its fur,” said the DNR.

You might see these squirrels wandering around the Defiance College campus and think that there’s something different about these squirrels then what you’ve ever seen at home. “Eastern fox squirrels are much bulkier than the gray squirrel, typically weighing one and a half times as much,” said the DNR.

You may think that those black squirrels are just a typical sight in Ohio, but they’re rarer than you think. “I have never seen a black squirrel until I came to Defiance and I’m from Cleveland, Ohio,” said Davonte Lyle, an undecided freshman from Defiance College.

There are many people that believe there is only a certain color that squirrels can be. “I thought the only color that squirrels came in was brown, but when I came to Defiance College campus the black squirrels were everywhere,” Lyle said.

Some people may see a difference in how a black squirrel may act. “Yeah there’s definitely a big difference between black and brown squirrels,” Lyle said. “Black squirrels are bold. I’ll be walking down the sidewalk and they’ll just run right in front of me and they’ll stop. Brown squirrels normally run away. Black squirrels are also a little bit bigger than brown squirrels.”

The rarity of black squirrels is unbelievable. According to smithsonianmag.com, every “one in 10,000” squirrels are considered to be black squirrels.

Written by: Seth Pearson

What To Do in Defiance This Weekend??

Some of you may be wondering what there is to do in Defiance on these snow-covered winter days.  Well, this upcoming weekend has a lot of exciting events planned.

One event you can be involved with is the Student Veterans of America Organization. They are putting together Thanksgiving care packages for veterans. The organization is asking for donations of perishable food items and/or cash donations. They would like the care packages to have everything to make a full dinner and will include a voucher that can be turned into Jacob’s Meats for a turkey. They are asking for items such as dehydrated instant potato flakes, canned milk, canned vegetables, cake mixes, and canned cranberry sauce. Donations can be taken to Defiance Hall 105 no later than Friday, November 22nd. Their goal is 12 complete dinners. So get out and get shopping!

The community is invited to the Elks Lodge #147 for Bingo Night happening on Friday, November 22, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. Some prizes are 32″ tv, gift cards, home decor, and miscellaneous gift baskets.  Come out for a cheap night of fun and win prizes. There will also be a bake sale. The Elks lodge is located at 1760 Jefferson Ave in Defiance.

Another event going on this weekend is the Intramural Turkey Shootout. It was supposed to take place this weekend on Sunday, November 17th, but it was moved back to next weekend on November 24th due to meeting conflicts. If you are interested in participating, all you need to do is turn in a team roster by Friday, November 22nd.

If that’s not enough of basketball, the men’s basketball team takes on Kent State – Tuscarawas on Friday, November 22nd at 5:30 pm at Thomas Moore. Then on  Saturday, November 23rd at 1 pm, they will compete against Akron-Wayne Warriors in the Conner Classic Tournament.

Women’s basketball also plays on the 23rd against the St. Mary Belles at 1 pm in Notre Dame, Indiana.

In other sports news, wrestling faces Baldwin Wallace away on Saturday, November 23rd. These games may be away, but you should definitely check out their live stream if you can’t make it. Go yellow jackets!!

On Friday, November 22nd from 7:30-9 pm, the Young People’s Theatre is presenting the Wizard of Oz. It will be held at the Stroede Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door and the performance will have you thinking “I’m not in Defiance anymore.” For more info, visit their page here:  http://www.defiancearts.org/upcomingevents.html

Written by: Jordan Furko